Why Context Matters in Educational Leadership: A New Theoretical Understanding is unique in the field of educational leadership studies. This book offers a systematic account of educational leadership from the perspective that context matters. It argues that studies of leadership in education can only progress if the importance of context is understood and presents context as a set of constraints under which leadership is exercised.
A theoretical book that offers at last three major challenges to dominant positions in the field in a systematic way, it provides a new, coherent, and more realistic way to think about leadership in context.The chapters offer concrete steps for complex problem-solving in schools and will help schools tailor solutions to local constraints and circumstances.
Written by leading scholars Colin W. Evers and Gabriele Lakomski, this book will be essential reading for students and researchers working in the fields of education, educational administration and leadership.
Part I: Philosophical Foundations 1. Naturalism, Educational Administration, and Leadership: An Overview 2. Methodological Individualism and Educational Leadership 3. Leader Cognition in Context Part II: The Social Context of Leadership 4. Leadership, Evidence, and Inference 5. Developing Leadership – From Uncertainty to Social Epistemology 6. Learning Leadership Through Problem-Solving Trajectories 7. Constraints, Structure, and Reasoning Part III: Individuals in Context – Reason, Emotion, Organization 8. Naturalizing Emotions 9. The Role of Emotion in Educational Decision-Making 10. A Naturalistic View of Organizations